Wineries of Kelowna



Kitsch Okanagan Valley Wines

3330 Nied Road, Kelowna

The winery is owned by Trent and Ria Kitsch, members of a family that has been in the Okanagan for almost 100 years, prominent in construction and housing development. Trent developed the product SAXX (men's underwear). Together they made it a world wide sucess. They sold the business to start the winery.

As interim step, they established a home building company. One of the houses constructed by that venture for a Kitsch family member looks over the 12.7-acre vineyard that was planted in 2013 and 2014. The winery and vineyard occupies a plateau in northeast Kelowna, with a panoramic view to the south over the city. Okanagan Lake stretches into the distance almost to Peachland. The largest planting is Riesling, about five acres in two blocks. The other varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

Kitsch Wines has announced that Graham Pierce is their new winemaker and general manager May 2020



Martin's Lane

5437 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 4S5



Martin's Lane

Located along Kelowna's Lake Shore Rd just past St Hubertus. Anthony von Mandl assembled a team of expertits from around the world to design his new winery A six-level gravity winery,carved and hidden within the steep Landscape. The Stnning six-level gravity-flow winery was designed by Seattle architect Thomas Kundig, with some interior features designed by Barcelona architect Antonio Puig. The winery has been constructed over the last three years just north and slightly uphill from CedarCreek Estate Winery in East Kelowna. Both wineries are owned by Anthony von Mandl, the proprietor of Mission Hill Family Estate. Kundig is one of his favourite architects: he designed the redevelopment of Mission Hill a few decades ago.

 The winery is designed to produce between 12,000 and 15,000 cases annually, focused just on Riesling and Pinot Noir.

He hired new Zealander Shann Nunn as his winemaker Shan has worked in Burgund and Barlo. Shann is a strong beleiver in biodynamic in wine production. The winery is equipped for extremely detail-oriented winemaking. The stainless steel fermenters, literal works of art, are from an Italian producer recommended by Antinori. “They are the Ferraris of wine tanks,” Shane says. The winery also has concrete fermenter.

Kurt Simcic is the Viticultrist. Kurt, also from New Zealand,has been developing and farming vineyards for decades. For the last 10 years, all of his work has been with organic properties.


Winemaker: Shane Munn
Philosophy: I like to wander the three tiny estate vineyards every morning to get to know and check on the individual blocs. Kurt and I will often do this together. I take a micro view of the vineyard and think about wines right down to the single block or vine. I consider my winemaking approach gentle and guiding. We use gravity alone, and five simple movements in our 6-level winery. Our wines are tended, harvested and crafted by hand. We don't interfere. We don't use a single pump. We believe this brings out elegant and complex expressions of Pinot Noir and Riesling. ~ Shane Munn


Meadow Vista

3975 June Spring Road
Kelowna BC

The meadery is located in Kelowna and is owned by Judie Barta.The tasting room is open year-round and there is an on-site Bee-stro open during the summer months..

Meadow Vista produces seven different honey wines, two sparkling and four still, all made from BC honey and local fruits. The wine shop also contains a variety of bee-inspired products including beeswax candles, honey and a wellness line.

The first honey wine producer to win Best Winery of The Year at Wine Fest Edmonton and Wine Fest Calgary and again in 2014 as Ostara was the first honey wine to win a Gold Medal at the BC Wine Awards.

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Mirabel Vineyards

3740 Hart Road
Kelowna,  BC 

Doug and Dawn Reimer moved in 2005 from West Vancouver to a property in Kelowna to build their dream home. Now, they also operate their dream winery, Mirabel Vineyards.

They engaged two masters of wine, Rhys Pender and James Cluer, to advise them.

The Reimer Family Vineyard was planted in 2006 on a steep hill with both southwesterly and northwesterly aspects. Grapes were planted at an elevation of 930 feet, up to 1220 at the top. Careful soil analysis revealed a complex mixture of calcium carbonate, alluvial sediments, and a silt loam sits overtop a gravel loam. Six acres (84 rows) were planted to three sustainably-grown Dijon clones: 115, 667 and 777, blended together for optimum colour, flavour, acidity, tannin and length. The yield is cropped at 2.5 tons per acre and harvested by hand. 1.5 acres of Chardonnay will be planted in 2017

Doug and Dawn are originally from Winnipeg. His father, Donald, started Reimer Express Lines in 1952 with one truck.

The first wines released are made by Matt Dumayne at Okanagan Crush Pad

Not open to public.

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Philosophy: We believe that what is in the bottle is more than just wine; it is a place and time; a snapshot of the vineyard. We invite you to join us, as we pursue our dream.”



Nagging Doubt

4513 Sallows Road
Kelowna, BC, V1W 4C2


The owners are Rob and Abby Westbury . The name is based on

Nagging Doubts are the thoughts we all have - sitting in the backs of our minds, goading us on. Yet, the daily grind always seems to take precedence. Even so, those thoughts persist.  Starting this winery has been our Nagging Doubt…a dream we have had for years that has finally come to fruition

Rob Westbury is a local Vancouver businessman with a long standing interest in wines.  The seed was planted to pursue a career in wine and winemaking after a long term assignment in San Francisco 7 years ago.  After completing several levels of sommelier training at night, Rob, along with wife Abbey, decided to take the plunge and start a winery, using a custom crush model to build skills and a brand.

Nagging Doubt's inaugural vintage was in 2010 with only 136 cases, which expanded to 500 cases in 2011. The winery hopes to increase case production to 2000 cases within 3 vintages. grapes are sourced from four areas: Naramata, Black Sage Bench, East Bench Osoyoos and Anarchist Mountain

winery's direction (future goals) :We intend to concentrate production on four wines: 2 reds, 2 whites, expand from 500 to 2000 cases annually and build a facility and tasting room in South Kelowna by mid 2013. Our focus is on producing small lot, artisanal wine. We believe in keeping prices low, minimal intervention in the winery (no chemistry-set winemaking) and always producing wines that pair well with foods.  Our wines are typically old world in style .

signature wines:The Pull – a merlot dominant red blend


Winemaker: Mark Simpson, Rob Westbury
Philosophy: Affordable, terrior-driven wines that are hand crafted with minimal intervention, and that must pair well with food . We pride ourselves on being a true, hands-on, small lot producer of artisanal wines




Okanagan Villa Estates Winery

3240 Pooley Road
Kelowna, BC V4V 1Z7


Wyn and Marion Lewis purchased their hilltop property in 2003, planting vines in 2009 . They produce wines under the name Vibrant Vines . The winery opened in 2010. The Wine shop is located in a heritage farm house .

They have two son's Anthony is the winemaker, Phil, an artist designed the strikingly psychedelic labels that wrap around their wine bottles.

Signature wines Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer

The Okanagan Villa became the permanent home of Shakespeare Kelowna who perform each Summer under the stars in the Mediterranean styled cloistered courtyard.

Winemakers:Anthony Lewis
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Orphan Grapes

2261 Garner Road
Kelowna, BC V1P 1E3

 


Located on the outskirts of Kelowna on the Okanagan Plateau in British Columbia. The winery is owned by Anthony Lewis. Anthony was winemaker at The Vibrant Vine, the Kelowna winery his parents Wyn and Marion.

The name has a direct connection with the orphans and orphanages that resulted from the Haiti earthquake. Anthony’s three-year-old daughter, Madeleine. Asked what she wanted for her birthday, she replied: “Pyjamas for the children in grandpa’s orphanage.” Anthony held a charity tasting at The Vibrant Vine and collected 1,000 pairs of pyjamas. (1)

The winery is also designed to help orphan grape growers in the
Okanagan, so called because their vineyards are without winery contracts.
Their relationship with Anthony includes profit sharing, while
the winery sends $1 from each bottle sold to Haiti (1)

The winery has no processing equipment using outside resources. The Orphan Grape manges tasting rooms for others on their vineyards

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Paradise Ranch Wines Corp.

901-525 Seymour Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7

Paradise Ranch

Paradise Ranch Wines Corp. is one of the world's few wineries exclusively producing Icewines and Late Harvest wines. The first vintage was in 1998, when they produced 8 varietals of Icewine using over 300 tons of frozen Icewine grapes from the Paradise Ranch vineyards. This represented approximately 75% of the entire British Columbia Icewine grape harvest.

They no longer operate their own vineyards

In 2006, the winery also released a line of icewines under its new Whistler Icewine label. Because there is almost no vidal grown in B.C., but there is an international demand for the icewines, Paradise Ranch has an agreement with an Ontario winery to produce vidal icewine.

Winemaker: Jeff Martin



Peller Estates

1125 Richter Street
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 2K6

Peller Estaes

One hot summer day in 1958, a Hungarian immigrant named Andrew Peller arrived in the Okanagan Valley. Having owned a series of successful businesses, he was here to finally pursue his dream. He envisioned a day when Canadians, like Europeans, would come to appreciate premium-quality wines and enjoy sharing them with family and friends.

Peller Estates has grown to own numerous wineries both in BC and Ontario. In the Okanagan their winemaker is Kelowna native Stephanie Leinemann winner of the 2002 President's Medal.

Winemaker: Stephanie Leinemann



Priest Creek Estate Winery

2555 Saucier Rd
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6


Darren and Jane Sawin are part of the great migration of residents of Canada's prairie provinces who visit the Okanagan and fall in love with its natural beauty. Darren and Jane are both from Saskatchewan, who found themself in Calagry with a home renovation business.

Darren always wanted to be a rancher his heart was in the farmlands In 2010 they moved their home and business to the oKanagan and in 2015 bought property 2.5 acreas of Gewürztraminer plus an additional 7 acres Some of which they planted pinot Noir.

The winery is named for a creek located at the back of the property. Their vineyard is next to Spearhead winery. They are working with winemaker Jason Parkes.




Ricco Bambino

101 1630 Pandosy Street
Kelowna,

 


The winery is owned by Kelowna native Jason Alton. His vineyard caleed Crooked Crown is located in Oliver where he has a second tasting room. The vineyard is new planted in 2019 with Pinot Noir, Chen Blanc, Chardonnay,Syrah and Grenache. There are 9 acres.

His wines are aged in concret at Okanagan Crush Pad. They are organic and unfiltered.



Sandhill Winery

1125 Richter Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6

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The winery is owned by Peller Estates Ltd. Sandhill makes only single vineyard wines. Each and every bottle of Sandhill wine comes exclusively from a single vineyard. Each vineyard Sandhill works with was carefully selected for its distinctive traits - unique properties of soil and climate that consistently produce wines of exceptional quality and character.

The grapes come from four outstanding Okanagan Valley vineyards - Sandhill Estate, Phantom Creek, King Family and Osprey Ridge - that are tended with a sensitive touch by grape growers Rob Goltz, Richard Cleave, Rod King and Don King.

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Schell Wines

2021 Stirling Place,
Kelowna BC V1Y 2G9



Schell Wines is collaboration between three siblings: Jonathan, Jennifer and Jamie Schell, but the whole Schell family is involved. 


Born and raised on an orchard in East Kelowna, the trio has deep roots in the farming industry and this foray into the wine world is a celebration of their family history and tribute to the European generations behind them who brought forth their livelihoods from the soil. The label was designed by Jonathan’s daughter Hillary Schell, an illustrator, who has captured the peace and beauty of the family orchard.


The family is making two wines, a Chardonnay and 130 cases of a Red Blend (to be released summer of 2018).
The 2017 first vintage of Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested in September 15th, 2016 from a vineyard just one mile from the Schell homestead and was crafted up the hill in Southeast Kelowna by winemaker Rob Westbury of Nagging Doubt Wines- so it is as close to representing of their own terroir as possible

. The winemaking philosophy is based on minimal intervention with no additives or preservatives to allow complete expression of the fruit and taste of terroir. Cold fermented at 15 °C, a portion of this fruit was wild or naturally fermented. 35% was then placed in new French oak and underwent malolactic fermentation, the remainder was left in stainless steel, with lees stirring performed on both. Aged for 10 months, this wine was then lightly fined and bottled and is vegan-friendly.

They do not have a tasting room but special appointments can be made at Nagging Doubt Winery.



Sperling Vineyards

1405 Pioneer Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 4M6


This winery was launched by the Sperling family, whose Casorso ancestors, Charles Casorso,planted Kelowna’s first vineyard in 1925 and were among the original investors in what is now Calona Vineyards .Giovanni Casorso came from Italy in 1883 to work at Father Pandosy’s mission before succeeding on his own (he was once the Okanagan’s largest tobacco grower). His sons planted several vineyards. Formerly known as Pioneer Ranch, the 18.2-hectare (45-acre) Sperling Vineyards was planted initially in 1931 with grapes and apples by Louis and Pete Casorso. When Pete retired in 1960, Bert Sperling, his son-in-law, switched the entire property to vines, both wine grapes and table grapes. Today, the 45-acre Sperling Vineyard, includes a 45 year-old planting of Maréchal Foch, a 35 year-old planting of Riesling and another old planting of Perle of Csaba (a Muscat variety,) along with Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. In the spring of 2008, blocks of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were planted to support the production of premium sparkling wines.

Ann Sperling , who was born in 1962, began her winemaking career in 1984, first with Andrés Wines and then with CedarCreek Estate Winery. She moved to Ontario in 1995 where she helped launch several stellar wineries. She and Peter Gamble, her husband, now consult internationally. Their British Columbia clients include Sperling Vineyards, nearby Camelot Vineyards and Clos du Soleil Winery in the Similkameen.

The family did not open their winery until 2009 This small, premium winery completes the Casorso legacy.

Sperling Vineyards. Ann had to get two licenses. The one with the tasting room and a small vineyard is Sperling. The production facility is in the main vineyard, some distance from the tasting room, and she had to get a second license for that. She called it Magpie Cellars because of the birds in the trees there.


Winemaker Ann Sperling
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SpearHead Winery

3950 Spierhead Road
Kelowna BC V1W 4M3




Located ten miles from Kelowna's city hall the winery sits atop of Spier Road. To reach the tasting room and gallery you must drive through the Orchards and vineyards. The winery opened in 2010 and is owned by Bill and Marina Knutson along with Bruce Hirtle/Vancouver; William Knutson/Vancouver.

The winery has now planted 14 acres of its 20-acre property, which was an apple orchard before Bill and his partners began planting grapes in 2008 on the ironically named Gentleman Farmer Vineyard

The wines are Fermented in small lots, barrel aged in French Oak. Signature wines. Chardonnay , Merlot, Cab Sauv, & Vanguard their Bordeaux blend.

Named changed to Spearhead in 2018.

In 2021 the winery won 6 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.

Here are the there winning wines

SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Saddle Block
SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Cuveé
SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Golden Retreat

A gold was also awarded for their 2019 Riesling - Gold Medal

They also won two silver

2019 Pinot Noir Coyote
2019 Botrytis affected Late Harvest Riesling

 


Winemaker: Grant Stanley
Philosophy: Big, bold, fruit forward



St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

5225 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, BC V1W 4J1


The St Hubertus and Oak Bay Vineyards where originally planted in 1928 by J.W. Hughes during a time when good agricultural land was plentiful. Since 1984, the Gebert Family use sustainable farming practices on their 76 acre vineyard, to produce wines that reflect the terroir of the north Okanagan valley under the St Hubertus & Oak Bay label. All wines with the exception of the "bubbly" use screw caps

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery has achieved the Salmon Save certification  

Awarded The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines in 2016

Winemaker:Wade Stark .

Philosophy: "The Okanagan has an excellent and unique micro-climate for growing grapes. We don't have to compete with other wine regions; we simply have to promote our own distinct wine."




Summerhill Pyramid Winery

4870 Chute Lake Road
Kelowna BC V1W 4M3

Toll free: 1-800-667-3538

summerhill@summerhill.bc.ca


This organic winery was opened in 1987. The proprietor is Stephen Cipes. Their philosophy: "Our vision is to provide the very best from pure nature for those who appreciate all natural foods and wines." Summerhill is home of the Pyramid, after 3 years of tests in a small pyramid, consumer taste proved to the owner that pyramid aged wine was better. A four story pyramid was built, their award winning wines seem to prove they are right. Makers of Cipes methode traditionelle sparkling wines; winner of the Richard Scheer Trophy for Best Canadian Riesling. Free wine tasting, includes champagne.

Summerhill is a Certified Organic Vineyard using no herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers in the soil.
In 2012 they achieved Demeter Biodynamic status. Glacier rock dust is added to provide trace minerals. Remineralized soils are proving to produce more flavourful and healthier foods wherever they are used. Summerhill was awarded a gold medal for their 2006 Peace Chardonnay Icewine at The 2008 Chardonnay duMonde, one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions

2015 finds new construction of a 20 000 sq ft high ceilinged temperature and humidity controlled cellar space for barrels, sparkling wine sur lies, and finished goods. It will also have over 50 new parking spots on the roof

Summerhill Pyramid Winery took top spot at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy, France 2017.The winery earned a gold medal for its 2014 Chardonnay icewine, described as "a vibrant dessert wine with notes of honey, apricot and poached pears."

Their 2013 Small Lot Semillon Icewine awarded 100 points and double gold at 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Summerhill Pyramid is the first winery in Canada to gain the " B Certification", and one of just 26 wineries worldwide. The B Corp™ certification is a mark that means they prioritize people and planet alongside profit, and are using business as a force for good.

Sunset Bristo featuring best regional ingredients sourced from our own Biodynamic gardens and wildlife preserves and brought in from our network of organic farmers. An outstanding way to experience the unique culinary culture of the Okanagan Valley.

Winemaker: Eric von Krosigk
Philosophy: Wines made from 100% BC grown grapes. Sparkling wines are produced with the méthode traditional process and aged in a replica of the Cheops pyramid.



Tantalus Vineyards

1670 Dehart Road
Kelowna BC V1W 4N6


Tantalus Vineyards is situated on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley overlooking the shores of Lake Okanagan and the city of Kelowna. Tantalus is dedicated to growing and vinifying limited quantities of exceptional Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Winery Proprietor Eric Savics liked the origin of the word Tantalus - to be Tantalized . The vineyard was first planted to grapes in 1927 and was called Pioneer Vineyards. Tantalus was established in 2004 on this site.

  Eric Savics is content to be the quiet hand behind the scene at Tantalus, allowing his winery team to craft wines that have developed a reputation for quality & authenticity. Eric's considerable experience in the investment business, along with his passion for fine wine, art & travel have combined to give him the impetus to produce wines that stand out on the international stage. His day job is Vice President & Director at Haywood Securities, Vancouver British Columbia.

The vineyard consists of 50 acres of undulating topography. Each block demonstrates its own particular aspect and slope. The soils are varied, their origins dating back to the last ice age and the formation of an ancient lake whose depth rose 250 meters above the current level of Lake Okanagan.

The Vineyard having old plantings of Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today, Riesling vines planted in 1978 and Pinot Noir planted in 1983 make up the backbone of the vineyard. The vineyard is managed by Warwick Shaw.

The 2021 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine of the Year Award went to Tantalus Vineyards 2018 Old Vines Riesling

Tantalus has a new state of the art LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) built winery featuring a modern, gallery style tasting room showcasing some of Canada's most well known artists.

Tantalus wines are available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. signature wines? Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Old Vines Riesling Ice-wine

Salmon-Safe Certification! 


Philosophy: Let the vineyard show through in the wine





The View

#1-2287 Ward Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 4R5
Canada




Located in south Kelowna with spectacular views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. The wineries name reflect he magnificent view from from the winery. Owners are Jennifer Turton Molgat, and Chris Turton along with siblings. The vineyards have a northern exposure.

The sandy loam soils create their site specific wines. They have 48 acres of vines planted consisting of Ehrefelser, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Optima, Pinotage and Baco Noir. The winery may now have the largest planting (four hectares) of pinotage in Canada , tended by

The View Winery is on a piece of property that has been in the Turton/Ward family for 5 generations. Historically, apples were grown on the property. In the mid 1990's a transition began and orchard rows were replaced with vines. The winery currently is in the heritage packing house that also doubles as a cidery.

Signature wines are the Red Shoe Gewürztraminer, Red Shoe Pinotage, Red Shoe Distraction Rosé
also a Select Late Harvest Optima and a cherry fortified fruit wine called ``stiletto``  

2013 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (first place in the category of Tourism/Hospitality)...The View Winery.

Their mission?
Our mission at The View Winery is to grow excellent grapes and apples and create quality wines and ciders that make our customers say, “Yum!”


Winemaker: Kristy French, Mike Anderson
Philosophy: Serious wines with a sense of humour




Vibrant Vine

3240 Pooley Road
Kelowna, BC V4V 1Z7


Wyn , Anthony, and Marion Lewis opened the Vibrant Vine Tasting Room in 2010. In 2008 Tony and Wyn planted 8,000 vines by hand in very, very rocky ground. They had to use a pnumatic drill to create the holes where they planted the tiny vines-Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling and Savignon Blanc. They produce wines under the name Vibrant Vines .

In addition to the tasting bars in the 1937 Heritage Tasting Room, we have the Loft Bar ( for
larger groups) and the Cellar for VIP tastings.


They have two son's Anthony is the winemaker, Phil, an artist designed the strikingly psychedelic labels that wrap around their wine bottles.

Over the years they have expanded to include Okanagan Villa Estate Winery and Frequency Wine and Sound Winery.


 
"2013 Best White Wine in The World", 2013 World Wine Competition Geneva Switzerland

Signature wines Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer

Winemakers: Anthony Lewis
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